In a U-turn, the Karnataka government on Thursday withdrew its night curfew order, hours before it was to comment into effect. The decision to impose a night curfew for nine days from 11 pm to 5 am starting from Thursday was taken on Wednesday in line with the Centre’s advice, amid concerns over a new COVID-19 variant spreading in the UK.
In a statement, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said: “In view of the public opinion that there was no need for night curfew, the decision was reviewed and after consulting with cabinet colleagues and senior officials it has been decided to withdraw the night curfew.”
Yediyurappa had initially announced yesterday that the night curfew will be imposed from December 23 till January 2 between 10 pm and 6 am. Changes in night curfew dates and timing were announced later with Yediyurappa tweeting, it will be from December 24 till January 1, 2021, between 11 pm to 5 am (January 2, 5 am).
The Chief Minister today appealed to the people to exercise self-restraint by wearing facemasks, hand hygiene, and social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The decision to impose the night curfew had drawn flak from the ruling as well as the opposition parties.
Terming the night curfew as a measure to ‘cover-up’ wrongdoings of the BJP government by diverting public attention, Congress state chief D K Shivakumar said, “This is a government which is not accountable. It tries to divert public attention through various means. How does the night curfew help containing the coronavirus?” Shivakumar asked.
BJP MLC A H Vishwanath, who is aspiring to become a minister, criticized the government’s decision to impose a night curfew. “I request the government to reconsider its decision to impose night curfew. Some of the decisions should be taken after much deliberation because it’s a government for the people,” Vishwanath told media in Mysuru.
Another senior BJP leader and Vijayapura MLA, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal too urged the government to reconsider its decision on the restrictions. Earlier in the day, Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar defended the government’s move to impose a night curfew saying it was done on the advice of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for COVID-19.
Speaking to reporters in the city, he said, “TAC had recommended imposing night curfews from 8 pm onwards as a precautionary measure. However, after much deliberation, we decided to restrict the movement of individuals from 11 pm to 5 am.” Reacting to criticism of the government’s move, Sudhakar sought to know what important economic activities take place at night. “When all the essential services, healthcare facilities, and transport are well in place, I would like to know whom the night curfew is going to affect?” he asked.
As the festival season started on December 24, the minister opined that thousands of youth may step out in the night for celebrations.
Instagram Down: Giving 5xx Server Error
Update 19 Mar 2021 23:38 IST: Instagram and other apps are now working fine.
Instagram is currently facing downtime and users from all around the world are reporting Instagram Server Down on Twitter. Some users are also facing downtime on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
The Instagram app is showing “couldn’t refresh feed”. and the Instagram website is giving 5xx Server Error.
Earthquake in Nalanda, Patna – Bihar with 3.5 Magnitude
An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 was reported near Nalanda in Bihar on Monday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 20 km northwest (NW) of Nalanda, Bihar, India, the agency said. The earthquake struck at 9:23 PM IST at a depth of 5 km from the surface. Tremors were also felt in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, Patna.
Uttarakhand Power Plant Damaged After The Glacier Burst
Uttarakhand: A glacial burst in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas, and damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.
Disaster response and management teams have been deployed to conduct search-and-rescue and relief operations. Around 100 to 150 people may have been killed, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash told news agency ANI. Authorities fear hundreds more may still be stuck. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Assam to campaign for Assembly polls, tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety.”
Disaster management teams have been mobilized and hundreds of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) have been rushed for rescue operations.
SN Pradhan, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said that teams from the relief force have been moved for search-and-rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand where a glacial burst has triggered an avalanche. “The glacial burst has taken out a bridge constructed by the Border Road Organisation. Also in the higher reaches, the Rishiganga hydel project also has been damaged,” he said.